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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Overview

If you’re looking for a career that allows you to work directly with people to increase their quality of life, consider training as an occupational therapy assistant. Occupational therapy assistants are skilled health care workers who provide direct patient care under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

The highly experienced instructors in our Occupational Therapy Assistant program will train you to provide rehabilitative services to people of all ages. You’ll learn to work with patients who have physical, psychosocial, or developmental impairments and help them regain their independence and the ability to participate in daily activities.

After graduating, you’ll be eligible to take the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination and earn your state license as an occupational therapy assistant. Open occupational therapy assistant jobs are on the rise, and employment opportunities can be found in rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, schools, nursing facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and more.

Start your journey toward a rewarding career in occupational therapy today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why GateWay Community College?

GateWay Community College is the only college to offer the Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) program in Maricopa Community Colleges.

The next start is January 2022. 

Special Requirement

All students interested in any of our Healthcare programs will be required to attend an Information/Advising session, which will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance.

Virtual Information Sessions

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Mondays at 5 p.m.

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Phone Numbers: (US) +1 812-641-1795 | PIN: 742 712 519#

Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

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Phone Number: (US) +1 315-754-3375 | PIN: 329 696 579#

Watch the video below to learn more about the Occupational Therapy Assisting program at GateWay Community College.

Program Locations

18th Street
Washington Campus

Program Cost Estimate*

Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant: $10,527 – $12,920

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

NOTE: In addition to the above statements, the program must have a documented and published policy to ensure that students complete all graduation and fieldwork requirements in a timely manner. This must include a statement that all Level II fieldwork be completed within a time frame established by the program. Sample wording: “Students must complete Level II fieldwork within

Program Accrediting Body Contact Information

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®)  
Accreditation Department
6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929  
Phone: (301) 652-6611 Ext. 2042